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All Ears on Audiobooks

All Ears on Audiobooks at the Morse Institute Library

A recent Boston Globe article says it all: “Audiobooks are booming.” Audiobooks are one of the fastest growing segments in publishing, and the library has titles and formats to fit everyone’s needs. Community Relations Coordinator Anna Litten is one of the many library users who love audiobooks. “Loading up my phone or iPad with audiobooks for the whole family is one of the most important things I do to get ready for any road trip. Our whole family loves listening to audiobooks in the car, and finding titles that everyone from 6 to 46 can enjoy together is a fun challenge.”

Our staff purchases popular audiobook titles for kids, teens, and adults. OverDrive gives library patrons access to free audiobooks available for download straight to a mobile device. Still prefer CD? We’ve recently freed up more space to make our books on CD collection easier to browse. Want the ease of MP3 without a download? Playaways are single-title individual MP3 players. All you need are batteries and headphones, and you’re ready to listen!


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Free Professional Help for Your Small Business

SCORE Small Business Help at the Morse Institute LibraryWhether you’re looking to start a new business or just want to grow your existing business, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Boston is here to help! Every 2nd and 4th Thursday SCORE volunteers will provide area small business owners with free, one-hour counseling and advice sessions.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE volunteers are ready to help answer your business questions, including brainstorming ideas to grow your business and become more profitable, or discuss ideas and plan for the opening of a new business.

Schedule a FREE one-hour session at scoreboston.org/natick or by calling 617-565-5591.


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On Your Mark, Get Set…Feed!

Food For Fines all August at the Morse Institute Library

Save money and help those in need! Our annual Food for Fines program gives library users an easy way to support the Vi Tutuny Food Pantry at the Natick Service Council. During the month of August, bring in new, non-perishable food or personal care items to pay your library overdue fines. Sadly, we can’t accept food for lost or damaged books.

During the summer, families in need still count on help from the food pantry. Unfortunately this is also a time when donations go down as groups that donate through the year are on break. As a result, August is a great month for a boost in donations. The Morse Institute library is proud to support the Natick Service Council with our annual Food for Fines Drive. Last year, we donated 2,918 pounds of food and personal care items to the food pantry. Let’s see if we can top 3,000 this year!


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English Language Tutoring Gets Support from MSCF

Tutor and student with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts at the Morse Institute LibraryThanks to a generous grant of $15,000 from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation (MSCF), we’ll be able to meet our goal of becoming a welcoming library for all in Natick! Our English Language Learning (ELL) program provides English Language classes, conversation groups, and tutoring. This grant will help us continue this great work, as well as providing funding to add international language books and ELL training materials to our collection. We are also excited to provide additional signage and materials to make the library easier to use for the ELL community.

The Morse Institute Library is one of the few places in the area for English language classes and tutoring for adults. As Natick as become more diverse, we’ve seen our ELL services grow and we’re so excited that Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation is joining us in supporting ELL material and services at the Morse Institute!


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Summertime Fun for Everyone!

Kids Crafting Wednesday this summer at the Morse Institute

Summer at the library means great activities for the whole family. On Wednesdays from July 6 to August 10, drop in to Crafting Wednesdays. Open crafting gives kids and parents a chance to play and make something together. Stop by the children’s room between 2pm-7pm and see what you’ll make each week!

What better way to enjoy the long nights of summer than with a picnic and a family friendly movie? Visit us on Thursday nights during July and August and spread out your blanket in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall starting at 6:00pm. Enjoy a picnic dinner with your family before the movie starts at 6:30. We’ll provide water and a sweet treat. We’ll be screening family favorites like The Good Dinosaur (July 14), Minions (August 4), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (August 18). For a full list of upcoming films visit our website.

Join Your Natick Libraries for Bubble Soccer!

Bubble Soccer

Have you ever wanted to get into a big plastic suit and play soccer and fall around so you’d be the envy of all of your friends and family? We’ll here’s your chance! Join the Morse Institute Library and the Bacon Free Library for an afternoon of bubble soccer at the Memorial School field! Teams of 5 will go head to head in a fast-paced game with your friends and neighbors!

This event is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required! There are two game times available at 4pm and 5pm. Register for the game on online. We would like to thank Natick Parks and Recreation Department and the Natick Community Senior Center for their assistance in making this program possible!


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Creating an Inclusive Library with OUT MetroWest

OUT MetroWest logo

As part of her mission to deliver awesome library service to all of Natick’s teens, our Teen Librarian Robin Fosdick has formed a partnership with OUT MetroWest. OUT MetroWest’s mission is to enrich the LGBTQ community in MetroWest Boston through programming, education, and advocacy. OUT MetroWest offers free social, educational, and wellness programs for LGBTQ middle and high school youth, their families, and others in the community – and has excellent support groups that meet monthly.

Our Teen Room now features a permanent Queer display which features new LGBTQ fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels for teens; the American Library Association’s Rainbow Book List titles; and OUT MetroWest material. OUT MetroWest director of operations Julie Blazar says, “We are thrilled by the partnership that the library has offered. Local teens, whether LGBTQ or not, are lucky to have such a supportive community resource in downtown Natick. We tell all of our participants to check out the library’s Teen Area!”

The next joint library/OMW event is this summer’s Queer Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 20 from 1:30-4:00pm. This event is for teens ages 11-18 and registration is NOT required. Join us for yummy make-your-own ice cream sundaes, a camping movie (rated PG-13), board games, temporary tattoos, and more! For more information contact Robin at 508-647-6400 x1546 or at . And to learn more about OUT MetroWest visit outmetrowest.org.


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Get Out and Explore with the Library!

Get out and explore the Massachusetts State Parks with the Morse Institute Library!

Get out of town on us! Use the library’s Adventure Passes to head out and explore this summer. The library’s 25 Adventure Passes give free or reduced admission to museums and attractions across the area. Learn more about the maritime history of Boston with the U.S.S. Constitution Museum pass, or explore the historic sites on Spectacle and George’s Islands with the Boston Harbor Islands Ferry pass. Want to get further away from Boston? All of Massachusetts is open to you with the Massachusetts State Park Pass.

Thanks to the Friends of the Morse Institute Library for sponsoring our summer adventures!


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Tag, We’re It! Summer Reading Raffles

While you're reading this summer tag the library on social media #NatickReads for a chance to win a prize raffle!

It’s time once again for our Summer Reading Raffle! Why should grown-ups miss out on the fun and prizes of summer reading at the library? A joint program between the Morse Institute Library and the Bacon Free Library, this summer reading raffle is designed to fit into a busy adult’s schedule, and it also sets a great example for the kids in the house!

Simply check out library books at the Morse Institute Library, the Bacon Free Library, or the Bookmobile and you’ll be entered into a FREE raffle. And if you are downloading ebooks to your mobile device you can still get a chance to win! Just email Dave at to enter. No required books, just read! Weekly prize drawings will be held every week between June 20 and August 12, with a grand prize raffle held on Monday, August 15.

And here’s another way to get in on the reading fun! Catch friends and family reading books this summer, and tag the photos on social media! Use the hashtag #NatickReads, and tag the library on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Posts will be entered in a drawing for a one month membership to the Longfellow Sports Club at the end of the summer!


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Cool Down this Summer with Creatology!

Cool Down this Summer with Creatology, programs for kids in grades 4-6!

With many programs for younger children and an ever-growing schedule of events for teens, library staff saw a need for more activities for older kids who have not yet moved into teen events. Children’s librarians and a group of kids voted on names, and Creatology was born! Creatology is a series of art, science, and technology opportunities exclusively for kids in grades 4-6. These events are designed to be fun, educational, and social.

This summer, kids in grades 4-6 are invited to get creative with Creatology! Activities will include a book-themed make your own sundae party, a drumming event, and a Minecraft building project. All of the activities and events give kids a chance to learn and explore.

The fun kicks-off with Hot Books/Cool Treats on Thursday, June 23. The Crafting Room will be open from 2:00-3:30 with make you own sundaes, book-themed games, and hot new titles available for check-out. No registration required, just stop by!


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Game On at the Library!

Wednesday is game night at the Morse Institute Library!

Karol in our reference department loves using games and puzzles as a way for the Natick community to learn, enjoy, and enrich their lives at the library. After noticing a lot of people were spending extended time at the library, she brought in a jigsaw puzzle from home just as something she thought a few people would enjoy as a study break. This really caught on and has become a popular feature on the second floor of the library. Our community has been finishing a 1000 piece puzzle a week, and people have been stopping by specially to work on the latest puzzle!

Following this success, she is starting a weekly board game night on Wednesdays this summer from 5:30-8:00pm! Game enthusiasts in the community and other public libraries with game programs have been collaborating with Karol to identify the most exciting games available. She has also received several generous game donations from Gamewright, IDW Games, University Games, and Mayfair Games to jump-start our collection.

Karol is most excited to play Dixit. In this game, players take turns as the storyteller, making up a description from one of six image cards in their hand. “The art on the cards is beautiful, and the fast-paced storytelling gameplay is a lot of fun,” Karol says. “Plus it combines my love of games with telling and hearing great stories!” Join us on Wednesdays this summer to find out which game is your favorite, or bring one of your own to share with the community!


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